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Blog entry by Marco Cecala posted 1024 days ago 5658 reads 21 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently did a presentation for the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers. Paul Marcel St-Onge of Half Inch Shy recorded it. The web link has resource links for tool sources. I will be happy to answer any questions.

http://www.halfinchshy.com/2011/10/shell-inlay-presentation-by-marco.html



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Matt Vredenburg

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#1 posted 1024 days ago

Nice job Marco. I wasn’t able to make that meeting and was able to catch up on your session online – thanks for sharing with everyone and great job!

-- Matt, Arizona

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ellen35

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#2 posted 1024 days ago

I’ve saved it to my “reading area” so I can view it when I have 46 minutes to concentrate. Looking forward to seeing it.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Marco Cecala

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#3 posted 1024 days ago

I know what you mean Ellen. When Paul-Marcel “edited it down” it was about the same length as the actual presentation. Might I recommend it as a cure for insomnia?

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ellen35

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#4 posted 1024 days ago

I doubt that (cure for insomnia), Marco… I’m counting on it being really interesting!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 1024 days ago

That was fascinating. I have often wonder what it takes to do something like that.

Thanks Marco.

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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Sanity

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#6 posted 1020 days ago

Excellent video! Thank you for posting. I will have to watch this several times I think to make sure that I understand all the steps thoroughly. I am planning to make some furniture for my 8 year old daughter and would like to include some basic (very) inlay.

Question – what depth do you rout to in relation to the material, is there a rule of thumb as such?

-- Stuart

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Marco Cecala

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#7 posted 1020 days ago

Stuart;
Make the inlay a bit, (like a couple thousandths) above the field wood. Easier to bring down the inlay a bit than the rest of the surface.
Thanks for the kind words.

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Gpops

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#8 posted 1020 days ago

Thanks for the video, found it very interesting and informative. Looking forward to many more hopefully. Don

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Sanity

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#9 posted 1020 days ago

Marco, another question. I am not sure if I am following the start of the process correctly. You have your pattern on paper and take copies of it. You cut out the individual pieces from a paper copy (or copies) and then superglue them to the chosen material for the inlay – I am assuming that you glue it on the top? You then cut out the shape in the material, line up all the pieces on wax paper over the master copy, and then glue them all together. Is that correct? Do you simply sand through the paper at the end?

-- Stuart

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Marco Cecala

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#10 posted 1020 days ago

Stuart;

Cut the pieces, fit and glue them to each other first. Line them up on waxed paper with the master pattern under the waxed paper so you can see the outline.

Take the assembled piece and glue that to the wood with Duco Cement.

Trace and rout the cavity.

At this point it’s not important if the pieces stay together. Insert and glue them in the cavity. Leave the paper and a little bit of the inlay material proud of the surface to be cleaned up after.

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any additional questions.

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rance

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#11 posted 1020 days ago

Marco, That was a great video. Thanks for sharing your techniques and skills. I had looked at Autumn’s work and gotten real interested. I think you’ve just pushed me over the edge. I’d like to add some inlay to some of my projects. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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